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Isle of Skye : Self-Guided
A Walker's Paradise in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

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Stay at the delightful village of Mallaig on the mainland for the first three nights. Get used to the more relaxed pace of the Highlands and Islands, and stretch your legs on some fine local walks.

Then, we will take you to the fishing port, from where you can approach Skye by boat, arriving at the southern village of Armadale, before heading towards the Cuillin and the mountains of northern Skye.

The Isle of Skye is a paradise for walkers -quiet beaches, remote cliff-tops, deserted villages. The scenery has inspired poets (most famously William Wordsworth) and painters.

Day 1 Arrive and overnight Mallaig for 3 nights. Spend the afternoon beachcombing, observe a hugh variety of bird life or just enjoy walking the silver sands.

Day 2 + 3 Choice of 3 walks over the next two days. (B)

  • Loch Morar Walk: 10 miles - Walk along the north side of Loch Morar over a short hill pass to Loch Nevis. From here transfer by boat to Mallaig and you will be collected and taken back to your B+B.
  • Loch an Nostarie Walk : 8 miles - Short car transfer, then a walk on rugged ground to a high mountain loch, with fabulous views to the ocean and the islands of Rum, Eigg and Skye.
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Walk : 10 miles. Short train journey on West Highland line to Lochailort, over a hill pass to Prince Charlie’s Cave by remote Loch Beoraid to Loch Morar. Transfer to Morar by boat.


Day 4 Depart Mallaig and cross the sea to Skye.
Take ferry to Armadale. Bus or private transfer from the ferry to Broadford. (B)

Day 5 Suisnish and Boreraig: A coastal walk with cliffs, beaches, and two deserted villages - in remote countryside on the west coast, with great views of the Cuillin and the mainland mountains. Overnight Broadford. (B) 10.75 miles approx.

Day 6 Skye Coast to Coast: From the west coast to Sligachan, through the heart of the Cuillin mountains, this is one of Scotland’s truly great walks. Overnight Broadford. (B) 7.5 miles

Day 7 The Fairy Pools and Glen Brittle: From Sligachan to the ‘Fairy Pools’ and Glen Brittle, this walk goes by spectacular waterfalls and rock pools. From Glen Brittle take bus or private transfer to your second base in Portree. (B) 7 miles

Day 8 The Quiraing: Fantastic rock formations on the cliffs at the far north of Skye. Visit the ‘prison’, the ‘needle and the ‘table’ and marvel. Overnight Portree. (B) 5 miles

Day 9
The “Old Man” and the Storr More fantastic rock formations: Climb to the Old man of Storr, one of a remarkable set of pinnacles, with the option of walking on up to The Storr itself, the highest point on northern Skye. Overnight Portree. (B) 3.25 or 6 miles

Day 10 Departure after breakfast. (B)

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Due to the nature of this walk, we are unable to offer this to solo ramblers.

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April - September $1,615 This tour is not available for solo ramblers.

Your trip price includes the following:

  • 9 nights accommodation with full Scottish breakfast in guest houses, or
    B & B in ensuite rooms with friendly local hosts
  • Transfers to/from walks where necessary
  • Ferry ticket to Skye
  • Bus pass for the 7 days on the Isle of Skye, bus timetables *
  • Maps and route notes for the walks
  • Local Emergency contact and support

    For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

    *It is possible to arrange private transfers on the Isle of Skye at an extra cost. All the walks are manageable within the time you will need to travel to and from the walks; you will also be advised of a back up service should you miss the last bus.



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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA


Best Time to Go

May through September

Convenient Airport

Glasgow International Airport (GLA)

Traveling By Rail

Mallaig is where this tour commences. For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or www.britrail.com. In the UK call (08457) 484950, or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Another useful resource is The Train Line at www.thetrainline.com.

 

There is a bus from Skye to Glasgow for your return.

Weather

Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages in Scotland.

 

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